Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7pm, Music Building, $20
E R E K
A L C O T T
with Leonard Lopate
EREK is the Nobel Prize-winning author of the volumes of poetry Omeros, The Bounty, The Prodigal, White Egrets, and, most recently, The Poetry of Derek Walcott: 1948-2013, which is forthcoming in January of 2014. He is also the author of many volumes of plays, including Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays, Remembrance and Pantomime, The Odyssey, The Haitian Trilogy, and Walker and The Ghost Dance. The Sunday Times (London) has described White Egrets as “breathtakingly precise and luminous…haunting…[with] outstanding technical command…. One of Walcott’s strongest and most accessible collections.” Adam Kirsch, writing in The Barnes & Noble Review, has said: “Whatever his subject, no living poet rivals Walcott in his mastery of line… White Egrets is continually reminding us how hard it is to let go of the body and the world—hard for everyone, but especially so for a poet capable of rendering the world with such potent immediacy.” The New York Times Book Review has said: “[Walcott’s] White Egrets…is both visionary…and intensely personal, even autobiographical. It is an old man’s book, craving one more day of light and warmth; and it is a book of stoic reckoning.” The Washington Post Book World has praised the work of Derek Walcott for its “unbridled imaginative scope, that feeling of amplitude and sensuous inclusion which we find in Homer—and a few other writers, Lucretius, for example, or Shakespeare or Whitman—and which Walcott can summon as much as any poet now living.” The New Republic has said: “There is no one writing in English at present who can join power with delicacy the way Walcott can.”
In addition to reading from his work, Mr. Walcott will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Derek Walcott: Chester Williams